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IFLA Opening Session Spotlights Italian Art, Theater, History

Mauro Guerrini, president of the Italian Library Association, was the first to welcome some 3,000 delegates from 136 countries to Milan for the August 23 opening session of the five-day World Library and Information Congress. Themed "Libraries Create Futures: Building on Cultural Heritage," the conference is the 75th in IFLA's 82-year history and the first in Italy since the federation met in Rome in 1964.

Americans Kick Off IFLA in Milan with Caucus

The five-day 75th IFLA General Conference and Assembly in Milan, Italy, began for most delegates on Saturday, August 23, with a caucus. These dozen annual one-hour pep rallies, bewildering to beginners who don't know quite what to expect from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, are designed to update attendees on issues specific to their region. Grouped by language (and there are three for English speakers: U. K., Canada, and U. S.

Overview of ALA Resources for Chapters

If you're looking for a page of links to ALA resources for Chapters, visit Overview of ALA Resources for Chapters. Here you will find:

Deadline Looms for Broadband Grant Applications

The ALA Washington Office released its final push today to remind librarians that August 14 is the deadline for the first-round of Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grants. It will hold the third in a series of webinars Wednesday, which will focus on the fundamentals of the application process.

Annual Videopalooza

Just wanted to offer an alert that this year's crop of videos from Annual Conference---twelve of them in total---are now posted on AL Focus. Of course, you're here, and the videos can easily be put here as well, so...

Membership Sends Gay Marriage, Antiwar Resolutions to Council

ALA members approved two resolutions—one supporting "Civil Marriage Equality Regardless of Sexual Orientation" and the other on "Libraries and the Continuing Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan"—at two Membership Meetings during the Association's Annual Conference in Chicago.

Membership Sends Gay Marriage, Antiwar Resolutions to Council

ALA members approved two resolutions—one supporting “Civil Marriage Equality Regardless of Sexual Orientation” and the other on “Libraries and the Continuing Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan”—at two Membership Meetings during the Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago.

American Libraries Advisory Committee Looks to 2010 and Beyond

The central concerns expressed by the American Libraries Advisory Committee, which held one of its two annual face-to-face meetings July 11 during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, related to the magazine’s ever-changing role as a communications vehicle, a membership perk, and a revenue generator. The objective was to advise the editorial and marketing staff in matters of content development, strategy, and reader engagement.

American Libraries Advisory Committee Looks to 2010 and Beyond

The central concerns expressed by the American Libraries Advisory Committee, which held one of its two annual face-to-face meetings July 11 during the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, related to the magazine’s ever-changing role as a communications vehicle, a membership perk, and a revenue generator. The objective was to advise the editorial and marketing staff in matters of content development, strategy, and reader engagement.

Her Stroke of Insight

Harvard-trained neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor captivated the audience Monday as she described the massive, debilitating stroke she suffered in 1996 at age 37 and her “journey into and back out of the silent abyss of the wounded brain.” On the morning it happened, she “could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of my life. I essentially became an infant in a woman’s body.” She looked at her arm and realized that she could not “define the boundaries of my body.

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